Drumlish

Polling Station Closed

Polling Station Closed

The polling station at Monaduff is closed for the forthcoming elections. The station is divided up between Ballinamuck School, Drumlish school and Clontumpher School. Further details next week.

Open Day

Garden Open Day in aid of the Carol Forde Galvin Fund at Paddy & Mary Gillooley’s, Mill Road, Drumlish on Saturday, 24th May from 10.00am – 6.30pm. Admission optional. All welcome.

“Hungry Horse Outside”

Simon Coveney TD Minister for Agriculture visited the County last week and also visited the “Hungry Horse Outside” – Horse Sanctuary in Currygranny, Newtownforbes, managed by Hillary Robinson and Michael Brady. He witnessed first hand the excellent facilities provided at Currygranny for unwanted horses. The enterprise is largely dependent on voluntary contributions and volunteer workers. The Sanctuary covers neighbouring counties as well as Longford. Homes and shelters are constantly required for abandoned or unwanted horses. The Sanctuary at Currygranny also provides vetinary services at a reduced rate for people who experience financial difficulties in keeping their horses. The Minister made a small grant available to the Sanctuary to help with their endeavours. We wish Hillary and Michael continued success with their project in the years ahead.

Baptism

Joe Fergal Mulleady, son of Martin & Patricia, Melkagh, Drumlish was welcomed into the Faith Family of the Parish in Baptism on Sunday last. Congratulations also to his parents.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the young children of St. Mary’s NS, Drumlish who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday last. We compliment their parents, and their teacher Ms. Sinéad McCormack for their input and preparation. Congratulations also to the school choir and their accompanists for the beautiful music and singing. The children are as follows: Samuel Adeyinka, Aaron Brady, Callum Brough , Sarah Coppinger, Christopher Crowe, Adam Costigan, Naoise Connolly-Corcoran, Conor Collum, Niamh Cummins, Ava Greene, Mandisa Galvin, Seán Kearney, Cleo Karytinos, Robyn Keogh, Caitlín Mahon Feane, Kaylie Ann Marie Mears, Nathan Maher, Lauren Murphy, Anna- Leigh Murphy, Katlyn Penrose, Jodie Robinson, Kielan Ruske, Cara Grace Walshe, Jared Weafer. We join your families and friends in wishing you all every blessing and happiness in the future.

Blessing and Dedication of New Cemetery

Last Sunday, Bishop Francis Duffy performed the official Blessing and Dedication of the New Cemetery extension directly after 11.00am Mass. The committee thank everyone in the community for their generous support to date and hope that you will continue to support them in the future. Remember graves are available for sale at the reduced rate of €700 for a three grave family plot, €470 for a two grave plot and €235 for a single grave until 1st July 2014. After 1st July graves will revert to the standard prices of €900,€600, and €300. Contact Brendan Daly on 0877717886, Seamus Mimnagh 0868622298 or any committee member.

Monaduff Social Club

A Bealtaine Festival Social will be held in the Centre, Newtownforbes on Thursday 15th May at 2pm. Anyone interested in travelling to the social by bus please contact Betty Creegan at 087-9790996 or Adrian Lennon at 087-7056605. The Outing/Day trip will take place on Wednesday 18th June. Next meeting takes place on 19th May at 8pm.

Ballinamuck Essert Twinning

Following an exciting, fun-filled and educational exchange in France last year, it is now Ballinamuck’s turn to welcome and host the return visit of their French Twinning Partners in July this year. If you and/or your children would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (087-9613312). The group will consist of seven girls and six boys ages between thirteen and seventeen, three eighteen year olds and thirteen adults.

There is already an exciting programme of activities planned including camping in Outdoor Discovery, Ballymahon, trips to Lough Key and Tayto Park as well as games, arts and craft activities all designed to build friendships and shared knowledge of our cultures. There have been approximately twenty exchange visits with participation in French musical events like this year’s Celtic Festival in addition to the yearly exchanges. The young people of Ballinamuck have gained hugely in their social and educational development as a result of these exchanges. The young people have gained in confidence from living with host families, made friends and often gone on to study French at third level. All of this activity is underpinned by very active twinning committees in Essert and Ballinamuck. Committee members fund raise through the local Lotto, bag packing, church gate, pub quizzes etc. If you would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (0879613312).

Fundraiser Head Shave 

The above will take place on 30th May Coy’s Bar Longford, starting at 9.30pm in aid of Lauralynn House, Ireland’s only children’s hospice and St.James’s Hospital Foundation. Marion Prendergast and Jo Purkis from Killoe will be shaving their heads to raise money for these very worthy charities.

Community News

Bingo: Don’t forget Bingo every Tuesday in the ’98 Hall in Ballinamuck at 8.30pm. €1,300.00 in prize money.

Check out Volunteering Options

Longford Volunteer Centre have organised an opportunity for you to meet with six local community and Voluntary Organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers. This road show will be held in the EDI Centre on May 15th 10.00am – 12 noon. If interested in attending, contact Terri on 087-2915367 or email Terri@volunteerlongford.ie

Community Games

Annual Sports Day will take place in Monaduff on Sunday, 25th May at 2pm.

Used clothing collection

On Friday next, 16th May a used clothing collection will take place at Ballinamuck NS. All types of clothing, bags and shoes (please tie shoe laces together) hats, belts, towels, curtains, Bed-linen (sheets, pillow cases, and duvet covers). Please bring your unwanted clothing on Friday morning 16th and drop off at the front gate of the school. Thanking you for your support.

Social Dancing

Social Dancing in the ‘98 Hall, Ballinamuck is now discontinued for the Summer, but will be back at some stage later in the year.

Ballinamuck ICA

The monthly meeting took place on Monday 12th May last. If you would like to become a member of the ICA, please contact Lillian Walsh or any committee member.

Tidy Towns

Clean ups organised for Wednesday, 14th at 7pm and Saturday 17th at 10am. Meeting at the Hall. A good turnout would be appreciated. Thank you. Competition time is getting very close - the application is due in the next week and there remains a lot to be done in preparation for the judges who can arrive any time after the 1st of June. Uncut grass fronting onto the main approach roads is definitely a no no and will detract from our marks so please get it cut. Team will meet at 9.00 am on Saturday mornings for the next few weeks plus some evenings. New volunteers welcome. 

Talk

A talk on Bio Diversity & Heritage will take place in the Adult Education Centre, Battery Road on Wednesday night, 21st May from 7 - 8.30 pm. Should be of particular interest to Tidy Town’s Groups and Educators in general.

Sports Day

Drumlish Ballinamuck Community Games Annual Sports Day will take place in Monaduff on Sunday, 25th May at 2pm.  Events for all the family.

Walking Group

Just Turn up. New for the Summer Months. Get out and get Healthy. Starting May 9th at 7pm from outside the church. You must bring a hi viz jacket and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Host families needed

Host families are needed for Spanish students attending a summer camp in Moyne CS, for 3 weeks in July.  Payment for the 3 weeks is €550 and anyone can participate.  For more information, contact Maeve on  085 8391939 or moynesummercamp2014@gmail.com.

Recent Deaths

McGuinness: The death took place recently of Gerard McGuinness, Grangegeeth, Slane Co Meath. To his son Tom, daughters Geraldine Timlin (member of staff at Moyne Community School) and Catherine Bruton, brother, sisters, sons-in-law, especially Roger Timlin, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, special carers, relatives and friends, we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy.

Mannion: The death took place recently at her residence Castlestrange, Castlecoole, Co.Roscommon of Eileen Mannion (nee McNerney), formerly of Clonbrack, Newbridge, Co.Galway. To her husband Martin, sons Paul and Andrew, daughter Orla, son-in-law Adrian, daughters-in-law Audrey and Fiona, grandchildren Ronan, Cathal and Nicole, brother Matt (England), sisters Ann Galvin (Longford) and Maura Kerins, Galway, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relations, cousins Declan Nerney and Gerry Nerney and family, Clonmacart, Donal Murtagh and family, Clonmacart and Benny and Lynn Nerney and famil, Longford, to whom we tender our deepest and sincere sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anaim dílís.